The Corner

“Empathy” Means Liberalism

Dahlia Lithwick and Sonja West write in Slate about Justice Stevens: “He grew up white, male, heterosexual, Protestant, and wealthy. At no point in time was he a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay or a frightened teenage girl. And yet, over the decades, his rulings and written opinions repeatedly showed us that he could see the world through the eyes of those with very different life experiences from his own. In other words, he tapped his inner ‘wise Latina woman’ when the case called for it, and we are all better for it.” Somehow, though, the case never called for empathy for kids trapped in failing schools, or people whose homes were being taken away from them, or the victims of late-term abortions; and that’s just how Lithwick and West want it.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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